The company that runs several care homes in South Glos, B&NES and Bristol has gone into administration.
With more than 250 care and nursing homes, Four Seasons Health Care is one of the country’s largest providers. Among them are Whitchurch Care Home in Whitchurch Village. In February we reported that it had been rated as Inadequate by the Care Quality Commission with inspectors finding “widespread and systemic failings”.
Warmley Care Home in Tower Road and Kingswood Court Care Home in Soundwell are also run by Four Seasons. Others include Osborne Court Care Home in Bedminster, Bishopsmead Lodge Care Home in Bishopsworth and two in Yate – Stanshawes Care Home and Oak Tree Care Home.
Two of the holding companies behind the firm have appointed administrators from Alvarez & Marsal to help find a buyer.
Ian Smith, who stepped down as chairman of Four Seasons in 2016, warned then that the care provider was struggling financially due to less state funding for social care which was impacting on the amount paid by local authorities for a resident’s care.
A large proportion of its residents are state funded, meaning the care homes receive less money than if they were self-funding.
There are more than 13,000 people in Four Seasons homes being cared for by some 20,000 workers.
Yesterday Dr Claire Royston, group medical director of Four Seasons Health Care, said in a press release that news about a sale process and administration “doesn’t change anything for our residents, their families or are colleagues”.
She said anyone with questions, worries concerns can talk to their home manager, adding: “Our priority remains to deliver consistently good care.”
GMB, the union for care workers, GMB, the union for care workers, has called on the Government to urgently step in to reassure Four Seasons’ workers and residents: “The possible collapse of Four Seasons shows our care system is in crisis, it is crumbling beneath us because the funding isn’t there.”